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REVEALED: Man City, Yankees, Dodgers, RM, Barca best paid in global sport

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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By Nick Harris

15 April 2014Money Issue 2014 cover

Manchester City are the best paid team in global sport according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for 2014, compiled in association with ESPN The Magazine and published this week to coincide with The Magazine’s ‘Money Issue‘ (right, hitting newsstands this week).

The average first-team pay at City has been calculated at £5.3m per year, or £102,653 per week in the period under review. The New York Yankees and LA Dodgers of Major League baseball are second and third with Spanish football giants Real Madrid and Barcelona filling the top five.

GSSS 2014 top 12Five Premier League sides make the top 20 on the list, with Liverpool – who were 3-2 winners in the Premier League against City at Anfield on Sunday  - in 20th place, earning an average of £3.4m per man per year.  Manchester United are at No8 on £4.3m per man per year, Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea are at No10 (nearly £4m) and Arsenal are at No11 (£3.9m). The top 10 also includes the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA (at No6), Bayern Munich (No7), and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA (No9).

Sheikh Mansour and Roman Abramovich are billionaires who have transformed City and Chelsea but England is not the only country where sugar-daddy owners are transforming teams. The Brooklyn Nets were bought in 2010 by one of Abramovich’s fellow Russian billionaires, Mikhail Prokhorov.

Not only is Prokhorov footing the Nets’ $102m total payroll in 2013-14, or $6.8m (£4.5m) per player this year, but he will need to pay an additional $70m (around £42m) or thereabouts in luxury tax for exceeding the NBA’s wage cap.

The GSSS looks solely at earnings for playing sport, not for endorsements or other extra-curricular activities. The 2014 report considers 294 teams in 15 leagues in 12 countries across seven different sports: football, baseball, basketball, gridiron, cricket, ice hockey and Aussie Rules football. The report looks at numbers from either current or most recently completed seasons, depending on availability of accounts and other information.

The NBA is the highest-paying league as a whole, with 441 players at 30 teams in the 2013-14 season earning an average of £2.98m per year each. The Premier League is the best paying football league in the world, with the average annual pay at £2.27m per player.

To see the top 12 teams in detail, click on the graphic (left) to enlarge it. The whole list as well as supplementary tables and analysis are in the full GSSS 2014 (cover, below right).

The salaries report features average salary information from the dozen most popular sports leagues in the world (by average attendance per game), which are the NFL, Bundesliga, Premier League, AFL, MLB,  La Liga, CFL, NPB, Serie A, IPL, NHL and NBA. In addition, MLS, SPL and CSL (Chinese Super League football, new this year) are included as examples of smaller leagues from the world’s most popular sport, football.

Figures used are from the 2013-14 seasons in NBA basketball, NHL ice hockey and NFL American football, from the 2014 seasons for MLB baseball and MLS football, and from the seasons completed during or at the end of 2013 for the other leagues. GSSS 2014 cover

This is the fifth edition of Sportingintelligence‘s review of global pay in team sport and this year’s report includes a section detailing the 100 teams who have paid the most money per average first-team player over five years. Barcelona top this list; with a ‘typical’ player at the Nou Camp earning £24,995,540 over the five seasons of the survey.

The eye-watering sums on offer in elite European football and in the major sports leagues of America effectively mean that a single five-year deal should provide enough money to set up a player for life. Real Madrid have the next highest five-year total: £24.4m per player on average, followed by the Yankees (£23.6m), then City (£20.8m) and Chelsea (£20.4m).

The top 20 in the five-year table are in the graphic below, extracted from the full report. Note that the amounts in the graphic are dollars.

The five-year earnings list highlight some counter-intuitive findings, including how relatively poorly the average player in the NFL in America is paid. (The operative word is relatively). There is a general perception that NFL stars, in an industry awash with cash, all earn bumper pay packets. The reality is a few players on each team earn huge money but many earn ‘only’ hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

As a result, the best paid NFL team over five years, the Dallas Cowboys, appear only at No93 in the five-year list, with an average player earning ‘only’ £7.8m over five years. The Cowboys are one place below Everton (£7.87m over five years per average player) and 20 places lower than the best paying NHL ice-hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks (£9.1m per average player over five years).

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Back in the 2014 list, US teams from MLB and the NBA fill 11 places among the top 20; with the New York Knicks, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Miami Heat, San Francisco Giants and LA Lakers all featuring.

The Lakers have taken a tumble from No7 down to No19, principally because two high-earning players in 2012-13 left and were not replaced with expensive names. The losses of Dwight Howard (free agency move) and Metta World Peace (waived) helped to take to payroll from $101m down to $78m, and the average Lakers salary fell from $6.3m to $5.2m.

The highest earning NFL team does not make an appearance until No115 on the list, where the Minnesota Vikings players earned $2.3m on average in the 2013 season that ended with the 2014 Super Bowl. The best place NHL team, the Chicago Blackhawks, are at No76 on nearly $3m per man per year.

The biggest pay increase year-on-year in percentage terms (average salary) is at Toronto FC, where a 256 per cent increase in average salary to almost $600,000 per player per year is largely down to signing marquee names who were playing in Europe, notably England international star Jermain Defoe, midfielder Michael Bradley and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar (the latter albeit on loan).

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Is the idea of NFL finally taking off across the Atlantic?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

WillisALEXANDRA WILLIS is a multimedia sports journalist who flits between WimbledonSportingIntelligence, the TennisSpace and a few other outlets, while tweeting copiously and trying to improve her (terrible) backhand in her spare time. Follow @alex_willis on twitter

On first viewing, American Football is pretty baffling. It looks very much like a lot of helmeted people running around crashing into each other. Each passage of play takes place at a hurtlingly-intense speed, but only for a few minutes at a time, stop-start, stop-start, the clock halting for injuries, timeouts, commercials, and cheerleaders at odd and inopportune moments.

Try figuring out what’s going on from the commentary, and you’ll almost be more confused. There’s endless terminology – snaps, downs, huddles, fumbles, rushing yards, sacks, punts, pick sixes, field goals, touchdowns. Then all the positions – quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive lineman, defensive lineman, linebacker, cornerback, kicker, punter.

Then add the fact that you can’t easily spot who’s who because they are covered up in helmets and pads to prepare for when they certifiably will crash into each other.

And just when you think you’ve found a player you think you know, you realise it can’t be him, because he is in fact off the field. The teams are divided into two armies who switch on and off depending on which of them is on the offensive, marshalled by another army of watchful coaching staff in headphones clutching sheets of tactics. And we haven’t even mentioned any of the rules (I wouldn’t dare). Or why they wear towels.

It’s as bizarre to Brits as cricket is to Americans. And yet, even without understanding a thing, it is a compelling spectacle.

One player hiking the ball from the ground in front of him to his team-mate behind him, who throws it to another team-mate, who will, in theory, catch it and run with it does not sound like the most difficult thing in the world.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Minnesota Vikings at Wembley, September 2013

But, firstly, (and the following simplification is more for my benefit than yours, I promise), the quarterback and the offensive line have to hold off the opposition trying to charge him down for long enough in order to make that pass. At the same time, the recipient of that pass has to break his cover and get free, then catch the ball, and then hang onto it as he tries to gain some yards. And that’s in the knowledge that players who are just as fit, fast and powerful as he is will be careering into him in a way that they say feels like being in a car crash 12 times in an hour. And all of that is just for a first down, a first step forwards. Then they start all over again.

Meanwhile, the other 19 people on the field aren’t just standing around watching. They are blocking, charging, diving, all in some way either trying to make the play possible, or prevent it.

All of which means that when all those moving parts come together, as these players and teams seem to manage every given Thursday or Sunday or Monday, they have achieved so much more than just kicking a ball to one another, as our kind of football players do.

Then there’s the players themselves, celebrities from high school to college to league. Some are as worshipped as Messi (see Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson), some of them far more controversial than Joey Barton could ever dream of being (see Manti Te’o, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger). Even their names have character. D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Baccari Rambo. Barkevious Mingo. Captain Munnerlyn. And Chad Ochocinco. Although he made his up.

All of which is to say that the more you learn about football, and my knowledge is infantile to say the least, the easier it is to understand why it is the sport that dominates the American national consciousness.

“It all starts with game itself, the strategy, the power,” Roger Goodell, Commisioner of the National Football League told a group of curious English writers at a Sports’ Journalists Association event in London.

“But it transcends the game. When you add the fans’ passion, it just becomes explosive. It brings communities together in a way that I don’t think any other sport can. Part of it is that in our game every team has hope. The hope is a great thing for us.”

That appeal is also why, slowly but surely, it is making itself better known on this side of the Atlantic too, and, since 2007, there has been an annual NFL game played at Wembley, the nation’s most famous stadium.

“Initially, it was difficult to get teams to do it,” Goodell admitted. “There were risks involved. One, you were taking away a home game, which the fans didn’t like. And two, the coaches would worry about the possible disruption, because it is still a game that counts, and they only get 16 a season.”

Those teams also had to be compensated for loss of earnings, travel expenses, and such, figured to be “a seven-figure loss” on each game.

“But every team that has come over has had a great experience,” Goodell continued. “And the fans might not like losing a home game, but they understand that in some ways it’s very good for their communities. It’s building now to the point where we have far more teams who want to come.”

This year, that ‘NFL International Series’, as it is officially named, expanded to two – the Minnesota Vikings against the Pittsburgh Steelers a month ago, and last night’s encounter between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers. This year too, for the first time, it wasn’t just the attendees of each game who got an NFL experience. This year, for the first time, a sort of tailgating came to Wembley, the tradition where fans arrive early and sit, drink and be merry outside the stadium in the hours before the game begins.

The success to date has been such that next year, Wembley will host three NFL games – the Jaguars back again to play the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons to play the Detroit Lions, and the Oakland Raiders to play the Miami Dolphins.

In fact, last night’s appearance by the Jaguars is the first of a once-a-year-four-year agreement brokered by their new owner, Shahid Khan, also the owner of Fulham Football Club, who has made no secret of the fact that he would like to see the Jaguars (or Jaguras, as they were embarrassingly mis-spelled on the field last night), play a game a year at Craven Cottage from 2016 onwards.

But current demand aside, there is the lingering wonder whether the novelty of this shiny new sporting toy will simply wear off. What if future games are not the high-scoring touchdown triumphs that this year’s pair have been? Will a matchup between two unknown teams garner the same interest as a blockbuster face-off?

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in London

It is after all not the first time that the NFL has tried, and failed, in Europe. The American Bowl, a series of pre-season exhibition games held at sites outside the US, ceased in 2005, and NFL Europe, a developmental league that began in 1991, was discontinued in 2007. But those iterations were not the real deal.

The current International Series, by contrast, is part of the season proper, featuring some of the biggest and best players in the sport in games that matter. And that top-down approach is what is proving to be the draw. Just ask the 180,000 people who turned up to Wembley, many of them leaving with merchandise and a taste for more. Or Channel 4 and Sky, both of whom are broadcasting selected NFL games this season. Or one of my friends, who has not one, not two, but three fantasy NFL teams this year, and burns the 3am Sunday and sometimes Monday Night Football oil every week from London.

So it is that Goodell, regarded as one of the most powerful men in sport, is at present not saying never to the idea of an NFL team based in London, although there is a sense that he wants a team back in Los Angeles first.

“The great thing about our fans in the UK is they seem to want more and more, and we want to deliver that,” he said, when pushed for a timeline on the topic. “And as long as we continue to see that growth, I don’t know where it will go, but I don’t rule out there being a franchise here in the UK.”

The greatest impediment to a London team would not be money, the NFL has plenty of that, but more the toll that the travelling would take on the teams. Convincing a few teams to travel to London once a year is one thing, but requiring eight different teams to take on a long-haul flight and a time difference for the eight London home games, especially those based on the West coast, is quite another. Not to mention the London-based team travelling eight times the other way.

Logistics aside, the NFL’s international ambitions do not stop with a hop across the pond. ‘The London experiment,’ as Goodell calls it, is one part of a long-term view for the NFL, which is simply to grow awareness, fandom, commercial power, everywhere.

“We are trying to globalise our game,” he said matter-of-factly. “But we’re not trying to tackle the whole globe at once, we have do it differently from basketball, soccer. But if we create the success here [in London] to the extent that they want franchises in Frankfurt, Moscow, Shanghai, that’s a good problem to have.”

This is not to say that the NFL and the sport does not have its problems – the concussion controversies rumble on, drugs are always a fear factor, what players get up to when they are not on the field, the discussion around who pays for new stadiums. But those seem to be pinpricks in its popularity, to the extent that a New York Times opinion piece recently described baseball as “irrelevant compared to the leylandii-like growth of the NFL”. To the extent that 45% of the NFL fan-base is female. To the extent that Goodell maintains that 85% of American parents want their kids to play football. This very website, SportingIntelligence, reported it as the best-attended domestic sports league in the world.

The jewel in the NFL’s crown is that being a football fan is not just about watching and understanding what happens on the field itself. There are so many other things which revolve around and add to what those men on each game day’s ‘active’ list are up to which make it must-see TV, in a way that is so big and bold and refreshing when compared to our more genteel, traditional attitudes. The pre-gaming, the anthems, the cheer songs, the food, the beer, the jerseys, the fantasy leagues, the apps, – even the NFL RedZone countdown clock  – you are told it is the biggest and best thing out there. And guess what, it is.

“Everything is an event,” Goodell said. “And we want to make each of our events bigger and better, to capture that same attraction. The draft is now an event, it is now bigger than most sports’ play-offs.”

Next year’s SuperBowl in New York, for example, will see 14 blocks shut down around Times Square for the entire week preceding February 2nd to create what will be ‘SuperBowl Boulevard.’

“We can only put 76,000 people inside the stadium. We want another half a million to experience the SuperBowl. It goes beyond just a simple game,” Goodell said, asserting that “there’s never been a better time to be a fan.”

So, British sporting enthusiasts. Next Sunday evening from 6pm, why not turn on Channel 4 or Sky,  pick a game, pick a team, and see if he’s right.

You may not understand it, but hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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REVEALED: Manchester City rise to top of global pay charts, Dodgers soar to challenge

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

GSSS 2013 top 12By Nick Harris

11 June 2013

Manchester City are the best paid team in global sport according to Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) for 2013, compiled in association with ESPN The Magazine and published this week to coincide with The Magazine’s ‘Money Issue’ (cover below).

The average first-team pay at City, who have been transformed as a footballing force under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour, has been calculated at £5.2m per year, or £100,764 per week in the period under review.

Average first-team pay is used to produce as close as comparison as possible between 278 teams in 14 leagues in seven sports across 10 countries where first-team squads (or ‘active rosters’) can vary in size between sports from 12 players to more than 50.

To see the top 12 teams in detail, click on the graphic (left) to enlarge it. The full list is below.

City have climbed from last year’s third place to take the top spot and have surprising newcomers into the top 10 breathing down their necks.

The Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball are the second best paid team in global sports in this review with their stars earning £4.86m per year (£93,380 a week) on average.

The Dodgers’ payroll more than doubled year-on-year, seeing them climb 67 places from No69 last time to No2 this year.Money Issue 2013

City’s continued ascent up the list and the Dodgers’ rise means last year’s top two clubs, the Spanish giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid, have both fallen slightly, although that is also partly down to the weakening of the euro against the dollar and the pound. Barca have dropped three places from No1 to No4, while Real have dropped a place, from No2 to No3.

Another baseball team, the New York Yankees, have climbed a place to fifth, with a football club in sixth place (Milan of Serie A), an NBA basketball team in seventh (the LA Lakers), and then three more football clubs making up the top 10: Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies are at No11 and the Premier League’s Manchester United at No12.

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Money talks in sport, especially in European football, and most of the recent winners of the biggest club tournament in the game are high on this year’s list. The last eight winners of the Champions League are all among the current top 12 best paid sports teams in the world, as are 14 of the last 16 winners dating back to 1997-98.

The presence of both Manchester City and the Yankees inside this year’s GSSS top five underlines the combined financial muscle of that pair, who recently announced the joint acquisition of New York City Football Club (NYCFC) – a new franchise that will be MLS’s “20th expansion club”.

The salaries report (available as a PDF with supporting information in a spreadsheet, here) features average salary information from the dozen most popular sports leagues in the world (by average attendance per game), which are the NFL, Bundesliga, Premier League, AFL, MLB,  La Liga, CFL, NPB, Serie A, IPL, NHL and NBA. In addition, MLS and SPL are included as examples of smaller leagues from the world’s most popular sport, football.

Figures used are from the 2012-13 seasons in NBA basketball, NHL ice hockey and NFL American football, from the 2013 seasons for MLB baseball and MLS football, and from the seasons completed during or at the end of 2012 for the other leagues.

Sportingintelligence’s first global salaries report was published in 2010, to compare average first-team pay on a like-for-like basis for the first time at clubs in the world’s richest and most popular sports leagues.

The figures in the GSSS aim to reflect the average pay (the arithmetic mean) of the first-team players at each club, where “first team” is taken as “first-team squad”, “active roster” or equivalent. Typically this will range from 14 or 15 players per NBA team to around 25 players per football team, a few more in baseball, double that number for gridiron teams via 38-plus in the AFL.

The New York Yankees were highest paid team by average salary in the inaugural survey year, and the top 10 included seven American sports teams, six of them from the NBA.

By 2011, the Yankees had been knocked off their perch by Barca and Real, and Manchester City had soared from No86 in the 2010 list into the No10 spot. The top 10 in 2011 had five American teams and five from European football.

Last year’s list saw Barca and Real retain their No1 and No2 spots as City climbed to No3. The top 10 had three American teams (the Yankees and Phillies from baseball and the LA Lakers from the NBA) and seven European football teams. This year’s top 10 features the same teams except the Dodgers in for the Phillies, and in a different order.

The NBA remains the best-paid league overall per man, with average annual salaries of £2.72m a year, or £52,274 per player per week on average. The LA Lakers are the highest paying team in the NBA and the Houston Rockets the lowest, and the difference between the two is a ratio of 2.3 to 1. This is tiny compared the ratio between the best paid and worst paid in Scotland: 22.29 to 1.

Scottish football has endured seismic change over the period that this GSSS has been compiled. Rangers were melting down financially and the sums they were due to pay in wages and actually paid in 2012 were quite different. What they currently pay as a new entity at a much lesser level will be lower again than the figure in this edition of the GSSS.

Several other European clubs, especially in Spain, have had financial crises and have been in flux. While every effort is made to secure the most accurate recent comparable figures for all teams, they can only ever provide a snapshot of a period in time. That said, giants generally endure and minnows most often stay small.

This year’s full 18-page report, available as a PDF, includes introductory analysis on trends, has the full list of average salaries, and contains the summary information about leagues as a whole. More in-depth league-by-league analysis will be published over time on this website.

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Global Sports Salaries Survey 2013: the richest teams by average first-team pay

 

The sports are colour-coded: footballbasketballbaseballcricketgridironice hockeyAussie rules football

NB: IPL annual figures extrapolated, pro rata, from weekly figures.

 

Rank (last year) – Team – League – Ave player pay, £ per year (week) - Ave player pay $ per year (week)      

 

GSSS 2013 1,2,3

 

1 (3) Manchester City EPL £5,239,750 (£100,764) $8,059,477 ($154,990)     >>>>> Highest paid team in EPL

2 (69) Los Angeles Dodgers MLB £4,855,783 (£93,380) $7,468,882 ($143,632)     >>>>> Highest paid team in MLB

3 (2) Real Madrid La Liga £4,718,172 (£90,734) $7,257,216 ($139,562)      >>>>> Highest paid team in La Liga

4 (1) Barcelona La Liga £4,690,430 (£90,201) $7,214,545 ($138,741)

5 (6) New York Yankees MLB £4,649,188 (£89,407) $7,151,109 ($137,521)

6 (7) Milan Serie A £4,251,111 (£81,752) $6,538,811 ($125,746)     >>>>> Highest paid team in Serie A

7 (5) LA Lakers NBA £4,090,913 (£78,671) $6,292,403 ($121,008)     >>>>> Highest paid team in NBA

8 (4) Chelsea EPL £4,058,742 (£78,053) $6,242,919 ($120,056)

9 (8) Bayern Munich Bundesliga £4,000,036 (£76,924) $6,152,622 ($118,320)      >>>>> Highest paid team in Bundesliga

10 (10) Internazionale Serie A £4,000,000 (£76,923) $6,152,566($118,319)

 

NBA best paid GSSS 2013

11 (9) Philadelphia Phillies MLB £3,982,336 (£76,583) $6,125,397 ($117,796)

12 (11) Manchester United EPL £3,921,987 (£75,423) $6,032,572 ($116,011)

13 (20) Memphis Grizzlies NBA £3,718,452 (£71,509) $5,719,506 ($109,991)

14 (27) Detroit Tigers MLB £3,711,134 (£71,368) $5,708,250 ($109,774)

15 (16) Arsenal EPL £3,666,158 (£70,503) $5,639,069 ($108,444)

16 (43) Brooklyn Nets NBA £3,585,550 (£68,953) $5,515,083 ($106,059)

17 (17) Miami Heat NBA £3,572,297 (£68,698) $5,494,699 ($105,667)

18 (15) Boston Celtics NBA £3,525,594 (£67,800) $5,422,863 ($104,286)

19 (14) Chicago Bulls NBA £3,439,263 (£66,140) $5,290,074 ($101,732)

20 (37) NY Knicks NBA £3,359,673 (£64,609) $5,167,652 ($99,378)

 

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21 (18) Liverpool EPL £3,356,639 (£64,551) $5,162,986 ($99,288)

22 (19) Boston Red Sox MLB £3,264,882 (£62,786) $5,021,850 ($96,574)

23 (46) San Francisco Giants MLB £3,256,814 (£62,631) $5,009,441 ($96,335)

24 (24) LA Clippers NBA £3,214,571 (£61,819) $4,944,465 ($95,086)

25 (12) San Antonio Spurs NBA £3,211,569 (£61,761) $4,939,848 ($94,997)

26 (57) Oklahoma City Thunder NBA £3,193,830 (£61,420) $4,912,562 ($94,472)

27 (23) Philadelphia 76ers NBA £3,186,754 (£61,284) $4,901,679 ($94,263)

28 (55) Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL £3,147,368 (£60,526) $4,841,098 ($93,098)     >>>>> Highest paid team in IPL

29 (59) Delhi Daredevils IPL £3,145,463 (£60,490) $4,838,167 ($93,042)

30 (40) Golden State Warriors NBA £3,084,063 (£59,309) $4,743,726 ($91,226)

 

31 (13) LA Angels MLB £3,079,624 (£59,224) $4,736,898 ($91,094)

32 (36) Kolkata Knight Riders IPL £3,072,684 (£59,090) $4,726,222 ($90,889)

33 (39) Mumbai Indians IPL £3,030,112 (£58,271) $4,660,741 ($89,630)

34 (22) Atlanta Hawks NBA £3,000,700 (£57,706) $4,615,502 ($88,760)

35 (25) Juventus Serie A £2,962,963 (£56,980) $4,557,457 ($87,643)

36 (35) Detroit Pistons NBA £2,924,707 (£56,244) $4,498,613 ($86,512)

37 (38) Utah Jazz NBA £2,897,236 (£55,716) $4,456,359 ($85,699)

38 (66) Indiana Pacers NBA £2,870,377 (£55,200) $4,415,046 ($84,905)

39 (48) Chicago White Sox MLB £2,867,175 (£55,138) $4,410,121 ($84,810)

40 (56) Toronto Raptors NBA £2,859,976 (£55,000) $4,399,048 ($84,597)

 

41 (91) Washington Nationals MLB £2,852,012 (£54,846) $4,386,799 ($84,362)

42 (42) Denver Nuggets NBA £2,772,619 (£53,320) $4,264,681 ($82,013)

43 (21) Dallas Mavericks NBA £2,726,404 (£52,431) $4,193,595 ($80,646)

44 (32) Milwaukee Bucks NBA £2,711,599 (£52,146) $4,170,823 ($80,208)

45 (61) Sacramento Kings NBA £2,689,871 (£51,728) $4,137,402 ($79,565)

46 (76) Cincinnati Reds MLB £2,687,842 (£51,689) $4,134,281 ($79,505)

47 (49) Charlotte Bobcats NBA £2,686,117 (£51,656) $4,131,628 ($79,454)

48 (60) Chennai Super Kings IPL £2,676,390 (£51,469) $4,116,667 ($79,167)

49 (26) Texas Rangers MLB £2,649,071 (£50,944) $4,074,646 ($78,359)

50 (45) Washington Wizards NBA £2,638,442 (£50,739) $4,058,297 ($78,044)

 

51 (51) Tottenham EPL £2,628,000 (£50,538) $4,042,236 ($77,735)

52 (28) Orlando Magic NBA £2,593,039 (£49,866) $3,988,461 ($76,701)

53 (44) St Louis Cardinals MLB £2,583,101 (£49,675) $3,973,175 ($76,407)

54 (52) Minnesota Timberwolves NBA £2,484,442 (£47,778) $3,821,423 ($73,489)

55 (84) Toronto Blue Jays MLB £2,464,805 (£47,400) $3,791,219 ($72,908)

56 (70) Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga £2,368,050 (£45,539) $3,642,396 ($70,046)

57 (50) Pune Warriors IPL £2,365,166 (£45,484) $3,637,961 ($69,961)

58 (47) Roma Serie A £2,353,846 (£45,266) $3,620,548 ($69,626)

59 (65) Chicago Cubs MLB £2,338,350 (£44,968) $3,596,713 ($69,168)

60 (30) Portland Trail Blazers NBA £2,317,317 (£44,564) $3,564,362 ($68,545)

 

61 (34) Schalke Bundesliga £2,304,014 (£44,308) $3,543,900 ($68,152)

62 (31) Phoenix Suns NBA £2,199,582 (£42,300) $3,383,269 ($65,063)

63 (74) Kings XI Punjab IPL £2,181,358 (£41,949) $3,355,238 ($64,524)

64 (41) Aston Villa EPL £2,170,280 (£41,736) $3,338,198 ($64,196)

65 (64) Cleveland Cavaliers NBA £2,168,120 (£41,695) $3,334,876 ($64,132)

66 (33) New Orleans Hornets NBA £2,147,219 (£41,293) $3,302,727 ($63,514)

67 (78) Baltimore Orioles MLB £2,039,930 (£39,229) $3,137,701 ($60,340)

68 (79) Atlanta Braves MLB £2,012,688 (£38,706) $3,095,800 ($59,535)

69 (146) Kansas City Royals MLB £1,962,246 (£37,735) $3,018,212 ($58,043)

70 (67) Deccan Chargers IPL £1,948,788 (£37,477) $2,997,511 ($57,644)

 

71 (89) Arizona Diamondbacks MLB £1,930,912 (£37,133) $2,970,017 ($57,116)

72 (81) Werder Bremen Bundesliga £1,920,322 (£36,929) $2,953,727 ($56,802)

73 (110) Sunderland EPL £1,868,800 (£35,938) $2,874,479 ($55,278)

74 (115) Calgary Flames NHL £1,835,305 (£35,294) $2,822,958 ($54,288)     >>>>> Highest paid team in NHL

75 (127) Newcastle EPL £1,810,400 (£34,815) $2,784,651 ($53,551)

76 (136) Minnesota Wild NHL £1,809,794 (£34,804) $2,783,720 ($53,533)

77 (77) Seattle Mariners MLB £1,801,153 (£34,638) $2,770,429 ($53,277)

78 (85) Colorado Rockies MLB £1,798,476 (£34,586) $2,766,310 ($53,198)

79 (54) Milwaukee Brewers MLB £1,798,208 (£34,581) $2,765,898 ($53,190)

80 (88) Boston Bruins NHL £1,792,241 (£34,466) $2,756,720 ($53,014)

 

NY area salaries

 

81 (53) Houston Rockets NBA £1,778,839 (£34,208) $2,736,106 ($52,617)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in NBA

82 (62) Minnesota Twins MLB £1,760,067 (£33,847) $2,707,232 ($52,062)

83 (73) Chicago Blackhawks NHL £1,756,925 (£33,787) $2,702,400 ($51,969)

84 (90) Vancouver Canucks NHL £1,752,690 (£33,706) $2,695,885 ($51,844)

85 (87) New York Rangers NHL £1,727,259 (£33,217) $2,656,769 ($51,092)

86 (135) Pittsburgh Pirates MLB £1,724,050 (£33,155) $2,651,833 ($50,997)

87 (111) San Jose Sharks NHL £1,717,532 (£33,029) $2,641,808 ($50,804)

88 (71) Valencia La Liga £1,716,810 (£33,016) $2,640,697 ($50,783)

89 (72) Buffalo Sabres NHL £1,709,648 (£32,878) $2,629,680 ($50,571)

90 (106) Montreal Canadiens NHL £1,706,557 (£32,818) $2,624,926 ($50,479)

 

91 (-) Queens Park Rangers EPL £1,693,600 (£32,569) $2,604,997 ($50,096)

92 (83) Cleveland Indians MLB £1,685,428 (£32,412) $2,592,427 ($49,854)

93 (107) Pittsburgh Pengiuns NHL £1,672,744 (£32,168) $2,572,917 ($49,479)

94 (68) Rajasthan Royals IPL £1,667,814 (£32,073) $2,565,333 ($49,333)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in IPL

95 (63) New York Mets MLB £1,645,440 (£31,643) $2,530,919 ($48,672)

96 (92) LA Kings NHL £1,632,047 (£31,386) $2,510,320 ($48,275)

97 (126) Anaheim Ducks NHL £1,629,493 (£31,336) $2,506,391 ($48,200)

98 (108) Everton EPL £1,622,031 (£31,193) $2,494,913 ($47,979)

99 (86) Washington Capitals NHL £1,603,108 (£30,829) $2,465,808 ($47,419)

100 (100) Philadelphia Flyers NHL £1,601,844 (£30,805) $2,463,862 ($47,382)

 

101 (151) Wolfsburg Bundesliga £1,600,001 (£30,769) $2,461,028 ($47,327)

102 (144) Edmonton Oilers NHL £1,595,532 (£30,683) $2,454,154 ($47,195)

103 (97) Tampa Bay Lightning NHL £1,593,856 (£30,651) $2,451,577 ($47,146)

104 (104) Fulham EPL £1,579,131 (£30,368) $2,428,928 ($46,710)

105 (162) Kansas City Chiefs NFL £1,575,570 (£30,299) $2,423,449 ($46,605)     >>>>> Highest paid team in NFL

106 (147) San Francisco 49ers NFL £1,553,495 (£29,875) $2,389,496 ($45,952)

107 (149) Chicago Bears NFL £1,553,380 (£29,873) $2,389,318 ($45,948)

108 (101) New York Jets NFL £1,545,023 (£29,712) $2,376,465 ($45,701)

109 (105) Detroit Lions NFL £1,541,399 (£29,642) $2,370,890 ($45,594)

110 (150) Denver Broncos NFL £1,527,042 (£29,366) $2,348,807 ($45,169)

 

111 (161) St Louis Blues NHL £1,526,404 (£29,354) $2,347,826 ($45,151)

112 (130) Carolina Hurricanes NHL £1,517,936 (£29,191) $2,334,800 ($44,900)

113 (154) Winnipeg Jets NHL £1,502,813 (£28,900) $2,311,538 ($44,453)

114 (153) Atlanta Falcons NFL £1,494,743 (£28,745) $2,299,126 ($44,214)

115 (158) Lazio Serie A £1,487,407 (£28,604) $2,287,843 ($43,997)

116 (103) New York Giants NFL £1,481,303 (£28,487) $2,278,453 ($43,816)

117 (132) Dallas Stars NHL £1,470,781 (£28,284) $2,262,269 ($43,505)

118 (155) Stoke EPL £1,467,600 (£28,223) $2,257,377 ($43,411)

119 (157) Tampa Bay Bucs NFL £1,455,258 (£27,986) $2,238,392 ($43,046)

120 (141) Jacksonville Jaguars NFL £1,445,726 (£27,802) $2,223,731 ($42,764)

 

121 (159) Nashville Predators NHL £1,437,735 (£27,649) $2,211,440 ($42,528)

122 (99) Detroit Red Wings NHL £1,436,373 (£27,623) $2,209,345 ($42,487)

123 (138) Florida Panthers NHL £1,436,099 (£27,617) $2,208,923 ($42,479)

124 (181) Colorado Avalanche NHL £1,433,496 (£27,567) $2,204,920 ($42,402)

125 (102) Toronto Maples Leafs NHL £1,429,744 (£27,495) $2,199,148 ($42,291)

126 (137) Blackburn EPL £1,419,287 (£27,294) $2,183,064 ($41,982)

127 (180) West Bromwich Albion EPL £1,416,200 (£27,235) $2,178,316 ($41,891)

128 (129) New Jersey Devils NHL £1,412,219 (£27,158) $2,172,192 ($41,773)

129 (152) San Diego Padres MLB £1,408,143 (£27,080) $2,165,923 ($41,652)

130 (118) Columbus Blue Jackets NHL £1,405,954 (£27,038) $2,162,556 ($41,588)

 

131 (142) Phoenix Coyotes NHL £1,396,165 (£26,849) $2,147,500 ($41,298)

132 (117) Green Bay Packers NFL £1,395,952 (£26,845) $2,147,172 ($41,292)

133 (119) Tampa Bay Rays MLB £1,394,065 (£26,809) $2,144,269 ($41,236)

134 (128) Philadelphia Eagles NFL £1,386,802 (£26,669) $2,133,098 ($41,021)

135 (123) Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga £1,376,641 (£26,474) $2,117,468 ($40,721)

136 (112) Bolton EPL £1,375,739 (£26,457) $2,116,082 ($40,694)

137 (156) Ottawa Senators NHL £1,375,586 (£26,454) $2,115,846 ($40,689)

138 (125) Baltimore Ravens NFL £1,372,643 (£26,397) $2,111,320 ($40,602)

139 (164) Oakland Athletics MLB £1,360,004 (£26,154) $2,091,879 ($40,228)

140 (163) Washington Redskins NFL £1,354,822 (£26,054) $2,083,908 ($40,075)

 

141 (96) Sevilla La Liga £1,351,627 (£25,993) $2,078,994 ($39,981)

142 (75) Pittsburgh Steelers NFL £1,348,203 (£25,927) $2,073,727 ($39,879)

143 (95) Carolina Panthers NFL £1,345,779 (£25,880) $2,069,999 ($39,808)

144 (145) Cleveland Browns NFL £1,341,523 (£25,799) $2,063,452 ($39,682)

145 (131) New Orleans Saints NFL £1,324,429 (£25,470) $2,037,159 ($39,176)

146 (121) Miami Dolphins NFL £1,323,210 (£25,446) $2,035,284 ($39,140)

147 (94) Atletico Madrid La Liga £1,319,697 (£25,379) $2,029,881 ($39,036)

148 (175) Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga £1,317,120 (£25,329) $2,025,917 ($38,960)

149 (82) Stuttgart Bundesliga £1,312,323 (£25,237) $2,018,539 ($38,818)

150 (133) San Diego Chargers NFL £1,307,002 (£25,135) $2,010,355 ($38,661)

 

151 (140) Buffalo Bills NFL £1,304,266 (£25,082) $2,006,145 ($38,580)

152 (167) Tennessee Titans NFL £1,303,267 (£25,063) $2,004,609 ($38,550)

153 (124) Minnesota Vikings NFL £1,302,804 (£25,054) $2,003,896 ($38,536)

154 (122) Houston Texans NFL £1,289,460 (£24,797) $1,983,372 ($38,142)

155 (176) Napoli Serie A £1,267,692 (£24,379) $1,949,890 ($37,498)

156 (98) Dallas Cowboys NFL £1,262,344 (£24,276) $1,941,664 ($37,340)

157 (184) Cincinnati Bengals NFL £1,246,791 (£23,977) $1,917,742 ($36,880)

158 (109) St Louis Rams NFL £1,234,543 (£23,741) $1,898,903 ($36,517)

159 (116) Arizona Cardinals NFL £1,229,449 (£23,643) $1,891,066 ($36,367)

160 (185) New York Islanders NHL £1,216,572 (£23,396) $1,871,259 ($35,986)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in NHL

 

161 (148) New England Patriots NFL £1,203,091 (£23,136) $1,850,525 ($35,587)

162 (134) Seattle Seahawks NFL £1,188,570 (£22,857) $1,828,188 ($35,157)

163 (160) Athletic Bilbao La Liga £1,186,710 (£22,821) $1,825,328 ($35,102)

164 (93) Hamburg Bundesliga £1,184,643 (£22,782) $1,822,148 ($35,041)

165 (143) Fiorentina Serie A £1,184,000 (£22,769) $1,821,160 ($35,022)

166 (182) Villarreal La Liga £1,173,309 (£22,564) $1,804,715 ($34,706)

167 (168) Genoa Serie A £1,152,000 (£22,154) $1,771,939 ($34,076)

168 (165) Wigan EPL £1,109,600 (£21,338) $1,706,722 ($32,822)

169 (172) Celtic SPL £1,105,163 (£21,253) $1,699,897 ($32,690)     >>>>> Highest paid team in SPL

170 (170) Hoffenheim Bundesliga £1,088,962 (£20,942) $1,674,978 ($32,211)

 

171 (186) Wolverhampton Wanderers EPL £1,080,400 (£20,777) $1,661,808 ($31,958)

172 (178) Zaragoza La Liga £1,052,631 (£20,243) $1,619,095 ($31,136)

173 (80) Oakland Raiders NFL £1,036,449 (£19,932) $1,594,205 ($30,658)

174 (-) Swansea EPL £1,022,000 (£19,654) $1,571,981 ($30,230)

175 (-) Norwich EPL £1,010,560 (£19,434) $1,554,384 ($29,892)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in EPL

176 (120) Indianapolis Colts NFL £1,002,073 (£19,271) $1,541,331 ($29,641)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in NFL

177 (171) Cologne Bundesliga £993,282 (£19,102) $1,527,808 ($29,381)

178 (-) Hertha Berlin Bundesliga £961,602 (£18,492) $1,479,080 ($28,444)

179 (173) Hannover 96 Bundesliga £960,033 (£18,462) $1,476,667 ($28,397)

180 (139) Nuremberg Bundesliga £929,920 (£17,883) $1,430,349 ($27,507)

 

181 (215) Malaga La Liga £913,030 (£17,558) $1,404,369 ($27,007)

182 (199) Getafe La Liga £897,110 (£17,252) $1,379,882 ($26,536)

183 (194) Yomiuri Giants NPB £836,001 (£16,077) $1,285,888 ($24,729)     >>>>> Highest paid team in NPB

184 (189) Palermo Serie A £770,370 (£14,815) $1,184,938 ($22,787)

185 (29) Miami Marlins MLB £738,348 (£14,199) $1,135,684 ($21,840)

186 (169) Kaiserslautern Bundesliga £737,921 (£14,191) $1,135,027 ($21,827)

187 (177) Mainz Bundesliga £736,064 (£14,155) $1,132,171 ($21,773)

188 (195) Bologna Serie A £729,231 (£14,024) $1,121,661 ($21,570)

189 (190) Espanyol La Liga £694,160 (£13,349) $1,067,716 ($20,533)

190 (192) Hanshin Tigers NPB £667,509 (£12,837) $1,026,723 ($19,745)

 

191 (203) Cagliari Serie A £666,667 (£12,821) $1,025,428 ($19,720)

192 (200) Parma Serie A £657,143 (£12,637) $1,010,779 ($19,438)

193 (-) Siena Serie A £657,143 (£12,637) $1,010,779 ($19,438)

194 (196) Udinese Serie A £642,963 (£12,365) $988,968 ($19,019)

195 (201) Chunichi Dragons NPB £625,839 (£12,035) $962,629 ($18,512)

196 (-) Atalanta Serie A £622,857 (£11,978) $958,042 ($18,424)

197 (191) Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks NPB £608,237 (£11,697) $935,555 ($17,991)

198 (193) Mallorca La Liga £600,937 (£11,556) $924,326 ($17,776)

199 (188) Rangers SPL £598,077 (£11,501) $919,928 ($17,691)

200 (-) Granada La Liga £595,200 (£11,446) $915,502 ($17,606)

 

201 (187) Freiburg Bundesliga £576,288 (£11,082) $886,413 ($17,046)

202 (197) Catania Serie A £572,308 (£11,006) $880,291 ($16,929)

203 (-) Augsburg Bundesliga £560,006 (£10,769) $861,368 ($16,565)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in Bundesliga

204 (198) Real Sociedad La Liga £555,768 (£10,688) $854,850 ($16,439)

205 (114) Houston Astros MLB £531,247 (£10,216) $817,133 ($15,714)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in MLB

206 (204) Saitama Seibu Lions NPB £514,180 (£9,888) $790,882 ($15,209)

207 (-) Real Betis La Liga £501,280 (£9,640) $771,040 ($14,828)

208 (205) Osasuna La Liga £477,375 (£9,180) $734,270 ($14,121)

209 (212) Chiba Lotte Marines NPB £451,135 (£8,676) $693,909 ($13,344)

210 (207) Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters NPB £442,379 (£8,507) $680,442 ($13,085)

 

211 (209) Tokyo Yakult Swallows NPB £438,339 (£8,430) $674,227 ($12,966)

212 (214) Chievo Serie A £436,923 (£8,402) $672,049 ($12,924)

213 (206) Racing Santander La Liga £430,901 (£8,287) $662,787 ($12,746)

214 (211) Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles NPB £426,705 (£8,206) $656,333 ($12,622)

215 (210) Lecce Serie A £424,615 (£8,166) $653,118 ($12,560)

216 (221) Orix Buffaloes NPB £365,719 (£7,033) $562,528 ($10,818)

217 (227) Sporting Gijon La Liga £353,492 (£6,798) $543,721 ($10,456)

218 (226) Cesena Serie A £348,480 (£6,702) $536,012 ($10,308)

219 (-) Rayo Vallecano La Liga £345,280 (£6,640) $531,090 ($10,213)

220 (223) Hiroshima Toyo Carp NPB £329,975 (£6,346) $507,548 ($9,761)

 

221 (-) Novara Serie A £313,600 (£6,031) $482,361 ($9,276)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in Serie A

222 (218) Levante La Liga £290,637 (£5,589) $447,041 ($8,597)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in La Liga

223 (220) Heart of Midlothian SPL £275,837 (£5,305) $424,276 ($8,159)

224 (217) Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars NPB £259,436 (£4,989) $399,049 ($7,674)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in NPB

225 (222) New York Red Bulls MLS £252,182 (£4,850) $387,891 ($7,459)     >>>>> Highest paid team in MLS

226 (219) LA Galaxy MLS £224,883 (£4,325) $345,902 ($6,652)

227 (-) Greater Western Sydney AFL £155,882 (£2,998) $239,768 ($4,611)     >>>>> Highest paid team in AFL

228 (230) Aberdeen SPL £151,130 (£2,906) $232,460 ($4,470)

229 (231) Gold Coast AFL £149,584 (£2,877) $230,081 ($4,425)

230 (229) Hibernian SPL £145,811 (£2,804) $224,278 ($4,313)

 

231 (244) Adelaide Crows AFL £144,545 (£2,780) $222,331 ($4,276)

232 (233) Collingwood AFL £141,711 (£2,725) $217,971 ($4,192)

233 (235) Hawthorn AFL £140,090 (£2,694) $215,478 ($4,144)

234 (239) Carlton AFL £139,204 (£2,677) $214,115 ($4,118)

235 (238) Essendon AFL £138,273 (£2,659) $212,684 ($4,090)

236 (236) Geelong AFL £138,272 (£2,659) $212,682 ($4,090)

237 (240) Sydney Swans AFL £137,958 (£2,653) $212,199 ($4,081)

238 (243) Richmond AFL £137,863 (£2,651) $212,053 ($4,078)

239 (237) West Coast Eagles AFL £137,223 (£2,639) $211,068 ($4,059)

240 (241) Fremantle AFL £136,214 (£2,620) $209,517 ($4,029)

 

241 (246) Melbourne AFL £136,145 (£2,618) $209,411 ($4,027)

242 (242) St Kilda AFL £136,108 (£2,617) $209,354 ($4,026)

243 (248) Port Adelaide AFL £135,178 (£2,600) $207,923 ($3,999)

244 (247) Brisbane Lions AFL £134,831 (£2,593) $207,389 ($3,988)

245 (249) North Melbourne AFL £134,424 (£2,585) $206,764 ($3,976)

246 (250) Western Bulldogs AFL £132,239 (£2,543) $203,402 ($3,912)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in AFL

247 (232) Dundee United SPL £130,171 (£2,503) $200,222 ($3,850)

248 (253) Seattle Sounders MLS £129,134 (£2,483) $198,627 ($3,820)

249 (266) Montreal Impact MLS £122,799 (£2,362) $188,882 ($3,632)

250 (245) Motherwell SPL £119,394 (£2,296) $183,645 ($3,532)

 

251 (234) Kilmarnock SPL £118,271 (£2,274) $181,917 ($3,498)

252 (228) Toronto FC MLS £109,382 (£2,103) $168,244 ($3,235)

253 (252) St Mirren SPL £104,380 (£2,007) $160,551 ($3,088)

254 (257) Vancouver Whitecaps MLS £104,223 (£2,004) $160,309 ($3,083)

255 (254) St Johnstone SPL £99,864 (£1,920) $153,605 ($2,954)

256 (261) Chicago Fire MLS £97,147 (£1,868) $149,426 ($2,874)

257 (256) FC Dallas MLS £91,991 (£1,769) $141,495 ($2,721)

258 (262) DC United MLS £90,695 (£1,744) $139,502 ($2,683)

259 (260) Houston Dynamo MLS £87,856 (£1,690) $135,135 ($2,599)

260 (255) Philadelphia Union MLS £85,920 (£1,652) $132,158 ($2,542)

 

261 (267) Sporting Kansas City MLS £82,001 (£1,577) $126,129 ($2,426)

262 (259) Portland Timbers MLS £79,911 (£1,537) $122,914 ($2,364)

263 (258) Real Salt Lake MLS £79,022 (£1,520) $121,547 ($2,337)

264 (278) Columbus Crew MLS £78,385 (£1,507) $120,567 ($2,319)

265 (264) New England Revolution MLS £77,928 (£1,499) $119,865 ($2,305)

266 (275) Toronto Argonauts CFL £76,172 (£1,465) $117,163 ($2,253)     >>>>> Highest paid team in CFL

267 (263) Colorado Rapids MLS £75,580 (£1,453) $116,253 ($2,236)

268 (265) San Jose Earthquakes MLS £73,073 (£1,405) $112,397 ($2,161)

269 (272) Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL £69,546 (£1,337) $106,971 ($2,057)

270 (268) BC Lions CFL £68,110 (£1,310) $104,763 ($2,015)

 

271 (275) Calgary Stampeders CFL £68,047 (£1,309) $104,667 ($2,013)

272 (270) Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL £67,980 (£1,307) $104,563 ($2,011)

273 (273) Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL £67,980 (£1,307) $104,563 ($2,011)

274 (269) Edmonton Eskimos CFL £65,057 (£1,251) $100,067 ($1,924)

275 (276) Montreal Alouettes CFL £62,513 (£1,202) $96,153 ($1,849)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in CFL

276 (251) Chivas USA MLS £60,536 (£1,164) $93,112 ($1,791)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in MLS

277 (-) Dunfermline SPL £51,408 (£989) $79,073 ($1,521)

278 (271) Inverness Caledonian Thistle SPL £49,583 (£954) $76,266 ($1,467)     <<<<< Lowest paid team in SPL

 

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NFL remains by far the best attended domestic sports league in the world

Friday, January 4th, 2013

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By Sportingintelligence

4 January 2013

The NFL has increased its attendance levels from an average of 67,394 fans per regular season game in 2011 to 67,591 in 2012, Sportingintelligence can reveal on the eve of the 2012-13 season NFL play-offs.

As our updated global attendances league table shows (also below), the new figure keeps the NFL comfortably in the No1 place as the best attended professional domestic sports league in the world, by average attendance per game.

There are better attended sports leagues in US College football, as a previous feature on this site explored.

But the NFL holds sway in the world of professional sports.

The German Bundesliga’s top division keeps the No2 spot thanks to a new seasonal record of 45,116 fans per game in 2011-12, up from 42,673 the season before.

The English Premier League has leapfrogged Australian’s Aussie Rules AFL league into third place. Both those leagues saw season-on-season declines but the decline was sharper in the AFL.

The top 10 leagues are shown below, as are the two biggest indoor leagues, the NBA and NHL, with the NHL overtaking the NBA in 2011-12.

Big crowds don’t always mean big paydays for the stars involved. The NBA is the best-paid league in the world by average earnings per player.

Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salary Survey in 2012 showed that MLB baseball players, Premier League football players, Bundesliga footballers and NHL ice hockey stars all had average annual salaries higher than NFL players.

MLB baseball attracts more fans in total per season than any pro league in the world (almost 75 million in 2012), but fewer on average per game than the NFL.

 

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Graphically speaking: the world’s best paid sports teams from Barca to the Crew

Friday, May 4th, 2012

By Nick Harris

SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year

4 May 2012

As revealed earlier this week, Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey 2012 has again found Barcelona to be the world’s best paid sports team.

CLICK HERE to read more detail about the 278 featured teams from 14 leagues in 10 countries from seven sports, employing 7,925 first-team sportsmen earning £10bn a year between them.

This project, in association with ESPN The Magazine in America, has natural ‘accounting lag’ in some sports: seasons finish at different times in the calendar year. The wages we’ve considered include the current ongoing seasons in the NBA, NHL, MLS and MLB and the 2011-12 NFL, as well the most recently completed seasons in all the other leagues, no further back than seasons ending in summer or autumn 2011.

One significant reason for compiling our annual report is to explore the relationship between money and success in different sports.

Regular readers will know this is a recurring theme, and we will publish more in-depth league-by-league analysis in the coming weeks and months, as well as a 10-year breakdown of precisely how money has fueled on-pitch success (or not) in the English Premier League, and a special feature on the global sports tycoons who are increasingly becoming multi-sport owners of major clubs.

To illustrate how different leagues are polarised by money, or not, below are the wage distribution graphs of the 14 featured leagues.

In crude, general terms, where the distribution is flat, the league should tend towards ‘fairness’, because most teams get similar sorts of money.

So the flatter the line between the best paid and worst, the fairer. And the sharper the descent from left to right, the more dominant the best-paid teams are likely to be.

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REVEALED: The world’s best paid teams, Man City close in on Barca and Real Madrid

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

By Nick Harris

SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 

1 May 2012

Barcelona remain the best paid team in global sport measured by average first-team wages, with Real Madrid in second place but Manchester City of the Premier League have stormed into the top three and continue to close the gap on the Spanish giants according to the Sportingintelligence Global Sports Salaries Survey 2012, published this week.

The average first team pay at Barcelona – employees of the world’s best player, Lionel Messi – has been calculated at £101,160 per player per week, or £5,260,313 per year in the period under review. That represents a year-on-year increase of 10 per cent at the Nou Camp as Barca hold their No1 spot.

Real Madrid’s players in No2 place earned £90,859 per week (£4.7m per year, a rise of six per cent).

First-team stars at City, at No3, earned an average of £86,280 per man per week, or £4.5m per year, the highest salaries ever paid in the English Premier League, the world’s richest football league. City’s numbers represent a 26 per cent year-on-year increase in average first-team pay and demonstrate the depth of the pockets of oil-rich owner Sheikh Mansour.

Another Premier League team, Chelsea, climb from No6 to No4 this year, with average first-team pay of £4.1m per player, a reminder they are hardly paupers, despite a perception in some quarters that their Russian petrodollar billionaire owner Roman Abramovich has eased off his spending recently.

Chelsea’s progress to the 2012 Champions League final at the expense of Barcelona was a shock in footballing terms but not unsurprising set against the reservoirs of cash Abramovich has spent on players, managers and salaries since 2003.

Click on graphic (above) to enlarge to see the top 12 in detail. The full list is below. AND IN GRAPHICS BY LEAGUE HERE

This year’s report has been again been compiled in association with ESPN The Magazine in America, for a special ‘All About the Money’ issue, on sale this week.

The salaries report (available as a PDF here) features average salary information from 278 teams in 14 leagues in seven sports across 10 countries. It includes information from the dozen most popular sports leagues in the world (by average attendance per game) plus the MLS and SPL as examples of smaller leagues from the world’s most popular sport, football.

Figures are from the in-progress seasons in NBA basketball, NHL ice hockey, MLB baseball and MLS football, and from the most recently completed seasons for all the other teams, including the major leagues of European football to IPL cricket, AFL Aussie Rules, CFL Canadian football and NPB Japanese baseball.

The full list is below, while ESPN The Magazine also carries details online at this link, where there are more links to other content and details about the special issue of the magazine.

Sportingintelligence’s first global salaries report was published in 2010, to compare average first-team pay on a like-for-like basis for the first time at clubs in the world’s richest and most popular sports leagues. The New York Yankees were No1 that year, and the top 10 included seven American sports teams, six of them from the NBA.

By last year, the Yankees had been knocked off their perch by Barca and Real, and Manchester City had soared from No86 in the 2010 list into the No10 spot in 2011.  The top 10 in 2011 had five American teams and five from European football.

This year’s top 10 has three American teams (the Yankees and Phillies from baseball and the LA Lakers from the NBA) and seven European football teams.

As the introduction to the main report notes: “This is a function of the unrelenting growth in football income – and expenditure – among the elite clubs in European football, which is also unhindered by any wage caps, and the relative stability and restraint in America’s major sports leagues.

“It is possible but by no means certain that some wage restraint at some European football clubs is on the horizon as a result of new ‘Financial Fair Play’ rules (FFP) being introduced by Uefa, the governing body of football across Europe … But the effectiveness of Uefa’s policing remains to be seen. And in any case, the biggest, richest clubs will almost certainly continue to generate massive sums, and therefore continue to fund growing salary bills.”

The top 20 in the 2012 review includes six teams from the NBA, five from the Premier League, four from MLB baseball, two each from La Liga and Serie A and one from the Bundesliga.

The full report includes an overview of average salaries across each league, and considers the pay differential between the best-paid team in each league and the lowest-paid team.

The NBA remains the best-paid league overall per man, with average annual salaries of £2.65m a year, or £50,883 per player per week on average. The LA Lakers are the highest paying team in the NBA and the Indian Pacers the lowest, and the difference between the two is a ratio of 1.86 to 1.

This is tiny compared the ratio between the best paid and worst paid in Spain: 22.81 to 1. That is why Barcelona and Real Madrid are way head of everyone else in that league. Even the Scottish SPL is no longer as stretched as that (with a ratio of 19.18 to 1 between top and bottom).

This year’s full 18-page report, available as a PDF, includes introductory analysis on trends, has the full list of average salaries, contains the summary information about leagues as a whole. More in-depth league-by-league analysis will be published over time on this website.

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Global Sports Salaries Survey 2012: the richest teams by average first-team pay

 

The sports are colour-coded: football, basketball, baseball, cricket, gridiron, ice hockey, Aussie rules football

* Highest paid in that league.  NB: IPL annual figures extrapolated, pro rata, from weekly figures.

 

Rank (last year) – Team – League – Ave player pay, £ per year (week)Ave player pay $ per year (week)      

 

1 (1) Barcelona * La Liga £5,260,313 (£101,160) $8,680,569 ($166,934)        

2 (2) Real Madrid La Liga £4,724,662 (£90,859) $7,796,637 ($149,935)

3 (10) Manchester City * EPL £4,486,580 (£86,280) $7,403,754 ($142,380)  

4 (6) Chelsea EPL £4,118,227 (£79,197) $6,795,899 ($130,690)

5 (4) LA Lakers * NBA £3,804,441 (£73,162) $6,278,088 ($120,732)     

6 (3) New York Yankees * MLB £3,748,831 (£72,093) $6,186,322 ($118,968)       

7 (14) Milan * Serie A  £3,699,411 (£71,143) $6,104,769 ($117,399)         

8 (12) Bayern Munich * Bundesliga £3,579,961 (£68,845) $5,907,652 ($113,609)         

9 (13) Philadelphia Phillies MLB £3,525,612 (£67,800) $5,817,965 ($111,884)

10 (7) Internazionale Serie A £3,454,681 (£66,436) $5,700,915 ($109,633)

 

11 (16) Manchester United EPL £3,345,911 (£64,344) $5,521,423 ($106,181)

12 (43) San Antonio Spurs NBA £3,302,712 (£63,514) $5,450,135 ($104,810)

13 (28) LA Angels MLB £3,228,139 (£62,080) $5,327,075 ($102,444)

14 (42) Chicago Bulls NBA £3,226,329 (£62,045) $5,324,088 ($102,386)

15 (15) Boston Celtics NBA £3,224,721 (£62,014) $5,321,435 ($102,335)

16 (22) Arsenal EPL £3,199,678 (£61,532) $5,280,108 ($101,541)

17 (58) Miami Heat NBA £3,188,496 (£61,317) $5,261,657 ($101,186)

18 (20) Liverpool EPL £3,169,631 (£60,954) $5,230,525 ($100,587)

19 (8) Boston Red Sox MLB £3,086,731 (£59,360) $5,093,724 ($97,956)

20 (27) Memphis Grizzlies NBA £3,040,693 (£58,475) $5,017,751 ($96,495)

 

21 (21) Dallas Mavericks NBA £2,989,371 (£57,488) $4,933,060 ($94,867)

22 (24) Atlanta Hawks NBA £2,933,753 (£56,418) $4,841,280 ($93,102)

23 (19) Philadelphia 76ers NBA £2,909,924 (£55,960) $4,801,957 ($92,345)

24 (52) LA Clippers NBA £2,874,816 (£55,285) $4,744,022 ($91,231)

25 (38) Juventus Serie A £2,845,701 (£54,725) $4,695,976 ($90,307)

26 (66) Texas Rangers MLB £2,808,773 (£54,015) $4,635,037 ($89,135)

27 (47) Detroit Tigers MLB £2,764,555 (£53,165) $4,562,069 ($87,732)

28 (5) Orlando Magic NBA £2,757,779 (£53,034) $4,550,887 ($87,517)

29 (123) Miami Marlins MLB £2,650,139 (£50,964) $4,373,259 ($84,101)

30 (£6) Portland Trail Blazers NBA £2,641,418 (£50,797) $4,358,869 ($83,824)

 

31 (39) Phoenix Suns NBA £2,608,333 (£50,160) $4,304,271 ($82,774)

32 (35) Milwaukee Bucks NBA £2,594,772 (£49,899) $4,281,893 ($82,344)

33 (37) New Orleans Hornets NBA £2,543,396 (£48,911) $4,197,111 ($80,714)

34 (56) Schalke Bundesliga £2,537,706 (£48,802) $4,187,722 ($80,533)

35 (31) Detroit Pistons NBA £2,528,854 (£48,632) $4,173,115 ($80,252)

36 (29) Kolkata Knight Riders * IPL £2,525,129 (£48,560) $4,166,968 ($80,134)

37 (49) NY Knicks NBA £2,524,456 (£48,547) $4,165,858 ($80,113)

38 (11) Utah Jazz NBA £2,517,627 (£48,416) $4,154,588 ($79,896)

39 (44) Mumbai Indians IPL £2,509,657 (£48,263) $4,141,436 ($79,643)

40 (34) Golden State Warriors NBA £2,474,790 (£47,592) $4,083,898 ($78,537)

 

41 (51) Aston Villa EPL £2,464,831 (£47,401) $4,067,464 ($78,220)

42 (9) Denver Nuggets NBA £2,463,222 (£47,370) $4,064,809 ($78,169)

43 (53) New Jersey Nets NBA £2,417,102 (£46,483) $3,988,701 ($76,706)

44 (48) St Louis Cardinals MLB £2,387,175 (£45,907) $3,939,317 ($75,756)

45 (55) Washington Wizards NBA £2,385,681 (£45,878) $3,936,851 ($75,709)

46 (33) San Francisco Giants MLB £2,375,887 (£45,690) $3,920,689 ($75,398)

47 (62) Roma Serie A £2,361,932 (£45,422) $3,897,660 ($74,955)

48 (23) Chicago White Sox MLB £2,349,279 (£45,178) $3,876,780 ($74,553)

49 (32) Charlotte Bobcats NBA £2,339,193 (£44,984) $3,860,136 ($74,233)

50 (-) Pune Warriors IPL £2,326,765 (£44,745) $3,839,628 ($73,839)

 

51 (110) Tottenham EPL £2,308,494 (£44,394) $3,809,476 ($73,259)

52 (87) Minnesota Timberwolves NBA £2,296,463 (£44,163) $3,789,623 ($72,877)

53 (18) Houston Rockets NBA £2,292,551 (£44,088) $3,783,167 ($72,753)

54 (73) Milwaukee Brewers MLB £2,276,040 (£43,770) $3,755,921 ($72,229)

55 (26) Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL £2,262,072 (£43,501) $3,732,872 ($71,786)

56 (46) Toronto Raptors NBA £2,222,318 (£42,737) $3,667,270 ($70,524)

57 (50) Oklahoma City Thunder NBA £2,220,345 (£42,699) $3,664,013 ($70,462)

58 (-) Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL £2,186,099 (£42,040) $3,607,500 ($69,375)

59 (60) Delhi Daredevils IPL £2,184,618 (£42,012) $3,605,056 ($69,328)

60 (54) Chennai Super Kings IPL £2,154,524 (£41,433) $3,555,396 ($68,373)

 

61 (69) Sacramento Kings NBA £2,118,801 (£40,746) $3,496,445 ($67,239)

62 (25) Minnesota Twins MLB £2,111,641 (£40,608) $3,484,630 ($67,012)

63 (30) New York Mets MLB £2,095,234 (£40,293) $3,457,555 ($66,491)

64 (59) Cleveland Cavaliers NBA £2,056,330 (£39,545) $3,393,356 ($65,257)

65 (17) Chicago Cubs MLB £2,055,626 (£39,531) $3,392,194 ($65,234)

66 (41) Indiana Pacers NBA £2,050,492 (£39,433) $3,383,722 ($65,072)             <<<<< NBA lowest paid

67 (45) Deccan Chargers IPL £1,990,571 (£38,280) $3,284,840 ($63,170)

68 (126) Rajasthan Royals IPL £1,968,040 (£37,847) $3,247,660 ($62,455)

69 (57) Los Angeles Dodgers MLB £1,921,859 (£36,959) $3,171,453 ($60,989)

70 (86) Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga £1,892,391 (£36,392) $3,122,824 ($60,054)

 

71 (68) Valencia La Liga £1,857,660 (£35,724) $3,065,511 ($58,952)

72 (109) Buffalo Sabres * NHL £1,833,553 (£35,261) $3,025,729 ($58,187)

73 (78) Chicago Blackhawks NHL £1,826,261 (£35,120) $3,013,696 ($57,956)

74 (40) Kings XI Punjab IPL £1,785,180 (£34,330) $2,945,904 ($56,652)                <<<<< IPL lowest paid

75 (105) Pittsburgh Steelers * NFL £1,779,939 (£34,230) $2,937,255 ($56,486)

76 (92) Cincinnati Reds MLB £1,779,083 (£34,213) $2,935,843 ($56,459)

77 (71) Seattle Mariners MLB £1,774,203 (£34,119) $2,927,789 ($56,304)

78 (65) Baltimore Orioles MLB £1,701,549 (£32,722) $2,807,897 ($53,998)

79 (64) Atlanta Braves MLB £1,682,825 (£32,362) $2,776,998 ($53,404)

80 (85) Oakland Raiders NFL £1,673,000 (£32,173) $2,760,784 ($53,092)

 

81 (76) Werder Bremen Bundesliga £1,657,329 (£31,872) $2,734,924 ($52,595)

82 (84) Stuttgart Bundesliga £1,648,984 (£31,711) $2,721,154 ($52,330)

83 (158) Cleveland Indians MLB £1,638,888 (£31,517) $2,704,493 ($52,009)

84 (139) Toronto Blue Jays MLB £1,633,767 (£31,419) $2,696,043 ($51,847)

85 (61) Colorado Rockies MLB £1,631,350 (£31,372) $2,692,054 ($51,770)

86 (100) Washington Capitals NHL £1,623,137 (£31,214) $2,678,500 ($51,510)

87 (98) New York Rangers NHL £1,619,638 (£31,147) $2,672,727 ($51,399)

88 (77) Boston Bruins NHL £1,610,158 (£30,965) $2,657,083 ($51,098)

89 (142) Arizona Diamondbacks MLB £1,607,702 (£30,917) $2,653,030 ($51,020)

90 (88) Vancouver Canucks NHL £1,606,647 (£30,897) $2,651,288 ($50,986)

 

91 (122) Washington Nationals MLB £1,589,957 (£30,576) $2,623,747 ($50,457)

92 (135) LA Kings NHL £1,566,792 (£30,131) $2,585,521 ($49,722)

93 (106) Hamburg Bundesliga £1,563,389 (£30,065) $2,579,904 ($49,614)

94 (91) Atletico Madrid La Liga £1,560,739 (£30,014) $2,575,531 ($49,529)

95 (119) Carolina Panthers NFL £1,543,485 (£29,682) $2,547,059 ($48,982)

96 (104) Sevilla La Liga £1,542,974 (£29,673) $2,546,216 ($48,966)

97 (117) Tampa Bay Lightning NHL £1,538,324 (£29,583) $2,538,542 ($48,818)

98 (82) Dallas Cowboys NFL £1,531,603 (£29,454) $2,527,451 ($48,605)

99 (67) Detroit Red Wings NHL £1,530,481 (£29,432) $2,525,600 ($48,569)

100 (81) Philadelphia Flyers NHL £1,530,009 (£29,423) $2,524,821 ($48,554)

 

101 (121) New York Jets NFL £1,520,909 (£29,248) $2,509,804 ($48,265)

102 (118) Toronto Maples Leafs NHL £1,501,726 (£28,879) $2,478,148 ($47,657)

103 (124) New York Giants NFL £1,481,698 (£28,494) $2,445,098 ($47,021)

104 (136) Fulham EPL £1,469,616 (£28,262) $2,425,160 ($46,638)

105 (97) Detroit Lions NFL £1,457,934 (£28,037) $2,405,882 ($46,267)

106 (93) Montreal Canadiens NHL £1,454,370 (£27,969) $2,400,001 ($46,154)

107 (101) Pittsburgh Pengiuns NHL £1,451,914 (£27,921) $2,395,948 ($46,076)

108 (120) Everton EPL £1,437,370 (£27,642) $2,371,948 ($45,614)

109 (128) St Louis Rams NFL £1,436,546 (£27,626) $2,370,588 ($45,588)

110 (130) Sunderland EPL £1,434,654 (£27,590) $2,367,467 ($45,528)

 

111 (83) San Jose Sharks NHL £1,429,269 (£27,486) $2,358,580 ($45,357)

112 (151) Bolton EPL £1,419,805 (£27,304) $2,342,962 ($45,057)

113 (94) West Ham EPL £1,417,310 (£27,256) $2,338,844 ($44,978)

114 (103) Houston Astros MLB £1,413,605 (£27,185) $2,332,731 ($44,860)

115 (96) Calgary Flames NHL £1,410,498 (£27,125) $2,327,604 ($44,762)

116 (148) Arizona Cardinals NFL £1,410,405 (£27,123) $2,327,451 ($44,759)

117 (90) Green Bay Packers NFL £1,402,088 (£26,963) $2,313,725 ($44,495)

118 (125) Columbus Blue Jackets NHL £1,391,807 (£26,766) $2,296,759 ($44,168)

119 (164) Tampa Bay Rays MLB £1,388,868 (£26,709) $2,291,911 ($44,075)

120 (114) Indianapolis Colts NFL £1,386,641 (£26,666) $2,288,235 ($44,005)

 

121 (113) Miami Dolphins NFL £1,385,453 (£26,643) $2,286,275 ($43,967)

122 (108) Houston Texans NFL £1,381,888 (£26,575) $2,280,392 ($43,854)

123 (165) Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga £1,380,595 (£26,550) $2,278,258 ($43,813)

124 (75) Minnesota Vikings NFL £1,378,324 (£26,506) $2,274,510 ($43,741)

125 (102) Baltimore Ravens NFL £1,373,571 (£26,415) $2,266,667 ($43,590)

126 (138) Anaheim Ducks NHL £1,364,380 (£26,238) $2,251,500 ($43,298)

127 (63) Newcastle EPL £1,357,295 (£26,102) $2,239,808 ($43,073)

128 (115) Philadelphia Eagles NFL £1,353,371 (£26,026) $2,233,333 ($42,949)

129 (95) New Jersey Devils NHL £1,352,382 (£26,007) $2,231,700 ($42,917)

130 (129) Carolina Hurricanes NHL £1,350,663 (£25,974) $2,228,864 ($42,863)

 

131 (74) New Orleans Saints NFL £1,346,242 (£25,889) $2,221,569 ($42,722)

132 (127) Dallas Stars NHL £1,336,333 (£25,699) $2,205,217 ($42,408)

133 (133) San Diego Chargers NFL £1,329,607 (£25,569) $2,194,118 ($42,195)

134 (80) Seattle Seahawks NFL £1,327,231 (£25,524) $2,190,196 ($42,119)

135 (168) Pittsburgh Pirates MLB £1,325,482 (£25,490) $2,187,310 ($42,064)

136 (116) Minnesota Wild NHL £1,312,836 (£25,247) $2,166,442 ($41,662)

137 (132) Blackburn EPL £1,311,509 (£25,221) $2,164,252 ($41,620)

138 (146) Florida Panthers NHL £1,295,717 (£24,918) $2,138,192 ($41,119)

139 (-) Nuremberg Bundesliga £1,291,892 (£24,844) $2,131,880 ($40,998)

140 (141) Buffalo Bills NFL £1,288,020 (£24,770) $2,125,490 ($40,875)

 

141 (155) Jacksonville Jaguars NFL £1,273,761 (£24,495) $2,101,961 ($40,422)

142 (137) Phoenix Coyotes NHL £1,247,955 (£23,999) $2,059,375 ($39,603)

143 (134) Fiorentina Serie A £1,244,543 (£23,934) $2,053,745 ($39,495)

144 (150) Edmonton Oilers NHL £1,233,521 (£23,722) $2,035,556 ($39,145)

145 (111) Cleveland Browns NFL £1,232,174 (£23,696) $2,033,333 ($39,103)

146 (180) Kansas City Royals MLB £1,230,482 (£23,663) $2,030,541 ($39,049)

147 (99) San Francisco 49ers NFL £1,222,668 (£23,513) $2,017,647 ($38,801)

148 (140) New England Patriots NFL £1,210,192 (£23,273) $1,997,059 ($38,405)

149 (79) Chicago Bears NFL £1,209,598 (£23,261) $1,996,078 ($38,386)

150 (157) Denver Broncos NFL £1,203,657 (£23,147) $1,986,275 ($38,198)

 

151 (145) Wolfsburg Bundesliga £1,198,642 (£23,051) $1,977,999 ($38,038)

152 (172) San Diego Padres MLB £1,195,628 (£22,993) $1,973,025 ($37,943)

153 (112) Atlanta Falcons NFL £1,190,587 (£22,896) $1,964,706 ($37,783)

154 (169) Winnipeg Jets NHL £1,189,916 (£22,883) $1,963,600 ($37,762)

155 (178) Stoke EPL £1,182,425 (£22,739) $1,951,237 ($37,524)

156 (89) Ottawa Senators NHL £1,175,918 (£22,614) $1,940,500 ($37,317)

157 (161) Tampa Bay Bucs NFL £1,175,140 (£22,599) $1,939,216 ($37,293)

158 (170) Lazio Serie A £1,166,737 (£22,437) $1,925,350 ($37,026)

159 (143) Nashville Predators NHL £1,166,059 (£22,424) $1,924,231 ($37,004)

160 (171) Athletic Bilbao La Liga £1,157,231 (£22,254) $1,909,662 ($36,724)

 

161 (156) St Louis Blues NHL £1,155,202 (£22,215) $1,906,314 ($36,660)

162 (149) Kansas City Chiefs NFL £1,138,305 (£21,890) $1,878,431 ($36,124)

163 (70) Washington Redskins NFL £1,120,482 (£21,548) $1,849,020 ($35,558)

164 (107) Oakland Athletics MLB £1,118,501 (£21,510) $1,845,750 ($35,495)             <<<<< MLB lowest paid

165 (152) Wigan EPL £1,107,821 (£21,304) $1,828,126 ($35,156)

166 (179) Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga £1,102,140 (£21,195) $1,818,751 ($34,976)

167 (131) Tennessee Titans NFL £1,101,471 (£21,182) $1,817,647 ($34,955)

168 (147) Genoa Serie A £1,095,317 (£21,064) $1,807,493 ($34,759)

169 (-) Kaiserslautern Bundesliga £1,067,753 (£20,534) $1,762,005 ($33,885)

170 (173) Hoffenheim Bundesliga £1,067,138 (£20,522) $1,760,991 ($33,865)

 

171 (154) Cologne Bundesliga £1,066,511 (£20,510) $1,759,956 ($33,845)

172 (163) Celtic * SPL £1,065,304 (£20,487) $1,757,964 ($33,807)

173 (177) Hannover 96 Bundesliga £1,040,069 (£20,001) $1,716,322 ($33,006)

174 (-) Birmingham EPL £1,036,592 (£19,934) $1,710,585 ($32,896)

175 (159) Borussia Monchengladbach Bundesliga £1,020,423 (£19,624) $1,683,902 ($32,383)

176 (160) Napoli Serie A £1,011,577 (£19,453) $1,669,305 ($32,102)

177 (-) Mainz Bundesliga £1,009,291 (£19,409) $1,665,531 ($32,029)

178 (-) Zaragoza La Liga £1,004,964 (£19,326) $1,658,391 ($31,892)

179 (-) St Pauli Bundesliga £1,003,707 (£19,302) $1,656,318 ($31,852)

180 (185) West Bromwich Albion EPL £1,000,064 (£19,232) $1,650,305 ($31,737)

 

181 (167) Colorado Avalanche NHL £999,771 (£19,226) $1,649,821 ($31,727)

182 (162) Villarreal La Liga £994,812 (£19,131) $1,641,640 ($31,570)

183 (188) Sampdoria Serie A £987,458 (£18,990) $1,629,504 ($31,337)

184 (144) Cincinnati Bengals NFL £957,697 (£18,417) $1,580,392 ($30,392)               <<<<< NFL lowest paid

185 (189) New York Islanders NHL £921,185 (£17,715) $1,520,140 ($29,233)                <<<<< NHL lowest paid

186 (-) Wolverhampton Wanderers EPL £887,146 (£17,061) $1,463,969 ($28,153)

187 (-) Freiburg Bundesliga £836,167 (£16,080) $1,379,842 ($26,535)                <<<<< BUNDESLIGA lowest paid

188 (181) Rangers SPL £821,484 (£15,798) $1,355,612 ($26,069)

189 (166) Palermo Serie A £748,211 (£14,389) $1,234,698 ($23,744)

190 (187) Espanyol La Liga £730,883 (£14,055) $1,206,102 ($23,194)

 

191 (196) Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks * NPB £724,013 (£13,923) $1,194,766 ($22,976)

192 (183) Hanshin Tigers NPB £707,976 (£13,615) $1,168,302 ($22,467)

193 (192) Mallorca La Liga £675,051 (£12,982) $1,113,970 ($21,422)

194 (186) Yomiuri Giants NPB £670,758 (£12,899) $1,106,885 ($21,286)

195 (191) Bologna Serie A £643,128 (£12,368) $1,061,291 ($20,409)

196 (205) Udinese Serie A £642,018 (£12,346) $1,059,458 ($20,374)

197 (190) Catania Serie A £635,979 (£12,230) $1,049,493 ($20,183)

198 (-) Real Sociedad La Liga £634,447 (£12,201) $1,046,964 ($20,134)

199 (202) Getafe La Liga £626,833 (£12,054) $1,034,400 ($19,892)

200 (-) Parma Serie A £589,060 (£11,328) $972,067 ($18,694)

 

201 (198) Chunichi Dragons NPB £588,812 (£11,323) $971,658 ($18,686)

202 (-) Bari Serie A £557,757 (£10,726) $920,411 ($17,700)

203 (184) Cagliari Serie A £534,159 (£10,272) $881,469 ($16,951)

204 (210) Saitama Seibu Lions NPB £523,308 (£10,064) $863,563 ($16,607)

205 (197) Osasuna La Liga £517,709 (£9,956) $854,323 ($16,429)

206 (199) Racing Santander La Liga £502,482 (£9,663) $829,195 ($15,946)

207 (203) Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters NPB £494,972 (£9,519) $816,803 ($15,708)

208 (200) Deportiva La Coruna La Liga £484,717 (£9,321) $799,880 ($15,382)

209 (208) Tokyo Yakult Swallows NPB £479,280 (£9,217) $790,908 ($15,210)

210 (195) Lecce Serie A £478,911 (£9,210) $790,298 ($15,198)

 

211 (207) Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles NPB £472,737 (£9,091) $780,111 ($15,002)

212 (209) Chiba Lotte Marine NPB £435,949 (£8,384) $719,403 ($13,835)

213 (-) Blackpool EPL £435,640 (£8,378) $718,893 ($13,825)                 <<<<< EPL lowest paid

214 (206) Chievo Serie A £421,441 (£8,105) $695,463 ($13,374)

215 (214) Malaga La Liga £421,273 (£8,101) $695,184 ($13,369)

216 (-) Brescia Serie A £384,170 (£7,388) $633,957 ($12,191)

217 (211) Yokohama Bay Stars NPB £375,907 (£7,229) $620,322 ($11,929)

218 (-) Levante La Liga £350,215 (£6,735) $577,924 ($11,114)

219 (222) LA Galaxy * MLS £336,807 (£6,477) $555,799 ($10,688)

220 (221) Heart of Midlothian SPL £328,104 (£6,310) $541,437 ($10,412)

 

221 (219) Orix Buffaloes NPB £322,802 (£6,208) $532,688 ($10,244)

222 (218) New York Red Bulls MLS £320,644 (£6,166) $529,126 ($10,176)

223 (220) Hiroshima Toyo Carp NPB £320,617 (£6,166) $529,082 ($10,175)             <<<<< NPB lowest paid

224 (-) Hercules La Liga £304,534 (£5,856) $502,543 ($9,664)

225 (223) Almeria La Liga £296,921 (£5,710) $489,979 ($9,423)

226 (-) Cesena Serie A £253,476 (£4,875) $418,285 ($8,044)                  <<<<< SERIE A lowest paid

227 (229) Sporting Gijon La Liga £230,664 (£4,436) $380,642 ($7,320)            <<<<< LA LIGA lowest paid

228 (227) Toronto FC MLS £195,103 (£3,752) $321,959 ($6,192)

229 (228) Hibernian SPL £172,728 (£3,322) $285,036 ($5,481)

230 (225) Aberdeen SPL £156,094 (£3,002) $257,586 ($4,954)

 

231 (-) Gold Coast * AFL £136,690 (£2,629) $225,565 ($4,338)

232 (247) Dundee United SPL £130,668 (£2,513) $215,628 ($4,147)

233 (230) Collingwood AFL £127,508 (£2,452) $210,413 ($4,046)

234 (237) Kilmarnock SPL £125,029 (£2,404) $206,323 ($3,968)

235 (232) Hawthorn AFL £123,617 (£2,377) $203,993 ($3,923)

236 (231) Geelong AFL £123,192 (£2,369) $203,291 ($3,909)

237 (239) West Coast Eagles AFL £123,169 (£2,369) $203,253 ($3,909)

238 (241) Essendon AFL £122,860 (£2,363) $202,744 ($3,899)

239 (238) Carlton AFL £122,137 (£2,349) $201,551 ($3,876)

240 (244) Sydney Swans AFL £121,462 (£2,336) $200,436 ($3,855)

 

241 (236) Fremantle AFL £121,390 (£2,334) $200,318 ($3,852)

242 (240) St Kilda AFL £121,227 (£2,331) $200,049 ($3,847)

243 (235) Richmond AFL £121,214 (£2,331) $200,027 ($3,847)

244 (233) Adelaide Crows AFL £120,630 (£2,320) $199,063 ($3,828)

245 (248) Motherwell SPL £120,600 (£2,319) $199,014 ($3,827)

246 (242) Melbourne AFL £120,520 (£2,318) $198,882 ($3,825)

247 (234) Brisbane Lions AFL £120,256 (£2,313) $198,447 ($3,816)

248 (243) Port Adelaide AFL £119,853 (£2,305) $197,782 ($3,804)

249 (246) North Melbourne AFL £119,426 (£2,297) $197,077 ($3,790)

250 (245) Western Bulldogs AFL £118,803 (£2,285) $196,049 ($3,770)              <<<<< AFL lowest paid

 

251 (270) Chivas USA MLS £108,256 (£2,082) $178,644 ($3,435)

252 (251) St Mirren SPL £106,380 (£2,046) $175,548 ($3,376)

253 (255) Seattle Sounders MLS £104,850 (£2,016) $173,024 ($3,327)

254 (-) St Johnstone SPL £101,916 (£1,960) $168,182 ($3,234)

255 (250) Philadelphia Union MLS £98,310 (£1,891) $162,232 ($3,120)

256 (262) FC Dallas MLS £95,375 (£1,834) $157,387 ($3,027)

257 (-) Vancouver Whitecaps MLS £90,954 (£1,749) $150,092 ($2,886)

258 (259) Real Salt Lake MLS £90,853 (£1,747) $149,926 ($2,883)

259 (-) Portland Timbers MLS £90,604 (£1,742) $149,515 ($2,875)

260 (256) Houston Dynamo MLS £89,614 (£1,723) $147,882 ($2,844)

 

261 (226) Chicago Fire MLS £88,184 (£1,696) $145,521 ($2,798)

262 (257) DC United MLS £85,631 (£1,647) $141,307 ($2,717)

263 (258) Colorado Rapids MLS £77,237 (£1,485) $127,457 ($2,451)

264 (253) New England Revolution MLS £76,235 (£1,466) $125,802 ($2,419)

265 (260) San Jose Earthquakes MLS £73,205 (£1,408) $120,802 ($2,323)

266 (-) Montreal Impact MLS £71,788 (£1,381) $118,464 ($2,278)

267 (254) Sporting Kansas City MLS £70,771 (£1,361) $116,786 ($2,246)

268 (268) BC Lions * CFL £69,946 (£1,345) $115,425 ($2,220)

269 (261) Edmonton Eskimos CFL £64,163 (£1,234) $105,881 ($2,036)

270 (263) Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL £63,904 (£1,229) $105,455 ($2,028)

 

271 (271) Inverness Caledonian Thistle SPL £63,540 (£1,222) $104,854 ($2,016)

272 (269) Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL £62,969 (£1,211) $103,911 ($1,998)

273 (266) Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL £59,852 (£1,151) $98,768 ($1,899)

274 (267) Calgary Stampeders CFL £59,663 (£1,147) $98,456 ($1,893)

275 (265) Toronto Argonauts CFL £59,653 (£1,147) $98,440 ($1,893)

276 (264) Montreal Alouettes CFL £58,270 (£1,121) $96,157 ($1,849)           <<<<< CFL lowest paid

277 (272) Hamilton SPL £55,548 (£1,068) $91,665 ($1,763)                 <<<<< SPL lowest paid

278 (252) Columbus Crew MLS £54,156 (£1,041) $89,369 ($1,719)          <<<<< MLS lowest paid

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As Kaka hits 10m followers: the world’s 20 most popular sportsmen on Twitter

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

By Sportingintelligence 

25 April 2012

Kaka has become the first sportsman in the world to amass 10 million followers on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

As this report from the Associated Press detailed when the Real Madrid footballer passed the landmark, he tweeted: ‘Thank youuuuu. To celebrate I’ll make a twitcam’.

Whatever that means.

Love it or hate it, Twitter has soared into the media mainstream in the past year and is routinely used by millions of people as a primary source of breaking news, as well as a platform for promotion.

Sportingintelligence has compiled a list of the world’s 20 most followed sportsmen on Twitter (and they are all men aside from the athlete in 20th place, Serena Williams). See graphic below for details.

Eleven of the top 20 are footballers, which is indicative of what most people already know – that the beautiful game is the world’s most popular sport.

Basketball players (5) are next best represented, which is apt given that basketball is football’s closest challenger in team sports, primarily thanks to the NBA.

One cyclist, one NFL star, one boxer and Serena Williams make up the 20.

Six of the 11 footballers are from two clubs in Spain: Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo in the No1 and No2 slots are from Real Madrid, while four others are from Barcelona.

Manchester United contribute two players, Wayne Rooney in sixth place and Rio Ferdinand at No19.

Globally iconic figures of sport who are bubbling under this list with between 2m and 2.5m followers include Sachin Tendulkar, Tiger Woods and Mike Tyson, while Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan is among those just outside the top 20.

As with all social media, things can change extremely rapidly.

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Madonna pips gridiron as Super Bowl draws all-time US record TV audience

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

By Sportingintelligence

7 February 2012

Sunday’s Super Bowl victory by the New York Giants against the New England Patriots attracted a live TV audience in America alone of 111.3 million people – making it the most watched programme in the history of US television, of any genre.

That astonishing number means that more than one in three of all people of all ages in America sat and watched the whole four-hour spectacle on TV in their homes. The audience on Sunday just pipped the previous US TV record of 111m viewers; that was set by the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 111.3m number is a ‘average’ figure, or the average number who watched the whole thing. The peak (most people at one time) was higher. Madonna’s half-time show on its own attracted 114m people in the USA, beating the sport itself.

More stories from recent days about the NFL, ratings, salaries and performance are linked here

Super Bowl’s stunning success in its key home market of the USA is admirable, but the event does largely remain a domestic attraction; the 111.3m US audience will be something well in excess of 80 per cent of the total global audience. Or in other words, the audience in the rest of the world combined won’t add more than a few tens of millions at most to the 111.3m US total. Any claims of billions are risible and nonsense.

The biggest ‘club’ occasion now in world sport is football’s (real football’s) Champions League final each year. As we reported back in January 2010, the ‘epochal moment’ when the Champions League final pipped Super Bowl first arrived in 2009. (More detail on that here).

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Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United untouchable in cyberspace

Monday, February 6th, 2012

By Sportingintelligence

6 February 2012

In August 2010, as Facebook registered its 500 millionth active user, Sportingintelligence assessed the world’s ‘most popular’ sports teams by ‘Facebook fans’ – and Turkey’s Galatasaray came out on top.

The ‘monetisation’ of sports fans via social media remains in its infancy. But in a rapidly changing multi-media world, we examined how and why the Turkish giants were No1, which was as much due to Galatasaray’s early adoption of Facebook as a marketing tool as anything else. (Read that piece in Turkish here).

With Faceboook’s mammoth stock floatation in the headlines, we have repeated the exercise 18 months on and the results are below. After a year and a half, many of the same names still feature – but with hugely inflated ‘fan numbers’ as social networking has become ever more mainstream.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United trounce the rest with more than 20m Facebook followers; the LA Lakers are the only other team in world sport with more than 10m.

Ten of the top 20 come from football (including six of the top seven, four of those from the Premier League), with four top-20 teams from basketball’s NBA, three from the NFL, two from baseball’s MLB and one team from cricket: the Indian national team.

The list is self-explanatory, and this time we have added the pay rank of each team, by position in our most recent Global Sports Salaries Survey. For more on PAY RANK, click here.

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NFL remains world No1 in attendance as Patriots and Giants meet in Super Bowl

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

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By Nick Harris

SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year

5 February 2012

The NFL has increased its already remarkable attendance levels in the current season to an average of 67,394 fans per match, Sportingintelligence can reveal.

As our updated global attendances league table shows (also below), the new figure keeps the NFL comfortably in the No1 place as the best attended professional domestic sports league in the world, by average attendance per game.

The NFL’s 2011-12 figures show an increase on the 66,960 fans per game that attended in the 2010-11 season.

The current season concludes with Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI, featuring the Patriots against the Giants in Indianapolis.

There are better attended sports leagues in US College football, as a previous feature on this site explored.

But the NFL holds sway in the world of professional sports.

The German Bundesliga’s top division takes the No2 spot, with Australia’s AFL Aussie Rules football in the No3 spot above the English Premier League at No4.

The top 10 leagues are shown below, as are the two biggest indoor leagues, the NBA and NHL.

Big crowds don’t always mean big paydays for the stars involved. The NBA is the best-paid league in the world by average earnings per player.

Sportingintelligence’s Global Sports Salary Survey in 2011 showed that Premier League players and MLB baseball players also had average annual salaries higher than NFL players.

MLB baseball attracts more fans in total per season (more than 73 million in 2011) than any pro league in the world, but fewer on average per game than the NFL.

 

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